People who have dogs are privy to a special kind of bond as well as a special kind of love: dog love. The way we feel about our four-legged friends and the joy they spark in us is something that truly makes our lives better. This is one of the reasons why we want to keep our dogs safe and sound at all times, even when we travel. Traveling is stressful, but it can be even more so for our furry friends, which is why we bring you useful tips for traveling with your dog.
Tire them out
You want to be well-rested before your trip because you need to be awake and alert, but for your dog, the situation is different. Because they will be traveling in a crate for quite a while, they should be tired so they can rest while traveling. Otherwise, you risk them becoming agitated and nervous because they will want to go for a walk and not lie down in their crate.
Burning off excess energy before the trip will help your dog be calm and stay still, and when they sleep, the trip itself will seem shorter and be less stressful. If you don’t have time to take them for a walk in the park, you can exercise them indoors instead.
Bring enough food
Humans have it easy – you can go to a restaurant and order anything you like, but your pets don’t have that option. If your dog is on a special diet, you should make sure there is enough dog food in your suitcase that they can eat just like at home.
People traveling to the Land Down Under have it a bit easier because, in Australia, you can order necessary pet supplies online and have them delivered to you. This means that you don’t have to pack more food for your pupper and that you can save some space in your suitcase.
Make sure they’re comfortable
There are many kennels and carriers available on the market today, and you won’t have problems finding the one that’s perfect for your dog. Choose one with soft sides, made with wire mesh or hard plastic, but double check to make sure that your dog can stand up, sit down, and turn around in it without hitting their head. It’s also a good idea to get them used to the carrier in the comfort of your home before you travel.
Your dog should have a microchip that will allow people to identify them, but even with that, you should always provide your home address on your dog’s collar. When traveling, attach a second tag to the collar that has the address and phone number of the place where you’ll be staying during your trip so you can be reached if your dog gets lost.
Don’t leave them alone
You might think it’s a good idea to leave your dog in your car while you run off to buy something, but it’s not. Even if you leave your windows open, on a hot, sunny day, your car will be too hot for your pet to stay inside. There is a high risk of your dog having a heatstroke so try to avoid doing it. If you’re going to a place that doesn’t allow dogs, leave them with a friend or in a pet hotel instead.
You might handle the stress of traveling well but your dog might not because you can’t talk to them and explain what is going on. This is the reason why you should put in more effort and make the trip you are about to take as easy for them as possible. It might require a bit more effort on your part, but when you know that your pet is safe and happy by your side, you will find that the extra effort was worth it.